ANATOLIA 2010
PHRYGIAN HIGHLANDS 1
(Kapikaya/Arslankaya/Arslantas/Ayazini/The Holy Mountain

of Midas Sehri/Village of Han....)

PHRYGIAN HIGHLANDS 1

PHRYGIAN HIGHLANDS 2

PHRYGIAN HIGHLANDS 3

PHRYGIAN HIGHLANDS 4

Hotel Soydan Afyon (20 Euro a night)

The Phrygian Highlands can only be reached by car or taxi. Although quite costly, I preferred to hire a guide as well. He didn't speak any foreign language (and I don't speak Turkish), but I am happy he was there showing me places I otherwise would have surely missed 

View from my room

Kapikaya
Image of Kybele carved in rock
(some 5 centuries before CE)

In the middle of nowhere....

Again and again vandalism e.g. destruction

The glorious rock temple of Arslankaya, dedicated to Kybele

Kybele with two lions on each side. The lions represent Her Son/Lovers. Only later the "beasts" got a human face....

Big surprise: big lion

Typical shape of a "table mountain"

Early Hittite construction, so rare that even Queen Elisabeth II paid it a visit
(my guide proudly told me)

Primordial Phrygian landscape

A Kybele sanctuary collapsed

Nekropolis

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